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Preventing your Foster Child Running Away…

Posted on 28th September 2017 by

It’s a fact that foster children can sometimes be at risk of running away from care. It can often be a worry when you become a foster parent that your foster children may run away from home, and it can even sometimes put people off becoming carers in the first place.

Preventing your Foster Child Running Away…

This is upsetting, as most cases of runaways in the care system are preventable and can be dealt with simply using the right processes.

While it’s never possible to know for sure which children will attempt to run from foster care, there are some traits of those who run.

For example, girls are more likely to run away than boys, and the more placements they have, the more likely a child is to run.

Children who run away from care are more likely to have problems at school and more reported behavioural problems. They are more likely to suffer from alcohol or substance abuse and have mental health problems.

So what can you do as a foster parent to prevent this from happening, and to keep your foster child safe and happy?

Sometimes a child may run because they want more opportunities to see their families and stay connected to them and their friends. Of course, this is not always possible, but where it is it’s healthy to keep a dialogue open and enable this.

Your foster child may run away because they feel alone and isolated. They want to talk to someone who will listen to them, get to know them, and help them work through difficulties. Sometimes foster children feel they can’t talk to their foster parents, so it is your job to ensure that your foster child does feel he or she can talk to you.

We have a number of blogs on how to communicate with your foster child, which can be vital when it comes to preventing your foster child running away. It is important to remember that if you are anxious about this, or feel you need any extra support, Lorimer are always here and happy to help. You’re never alone when you foster with us.

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